The stars of old Hollywood knew how to party. From the glamorous fashion to the iconic nightclubs, take a look back at candid photos from some of the most memorable parties of all time hosted by Truman Capote, Halston, and Diana Vreeland, with star attendees like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. We wish we could have been on these guest lists.
Singers Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole attend a New York Friars Club party in 1950 at Sardi's Restaraunt. The Friars Club is a New York-based members club for comedians and celebrities known for its raucous parties.
A Las Vegas nightclub imported a whole host of Hollywood stars for a banquet in 1950. Among the guests were Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich, Montgomery Clift, and Rosemary Clooney.
Joan Crawford gets help lighting a cigarette from Sherman Billingsley, the owner of the Stork Club in New York, while attending a party thrown in her honor.
Frank Sinatra lights a cigarette for actress Lauren Bacall at a premiere party for A Star is Born in 1954. The couple had a brief romance after the death of Bacall's husband, Humphrey Bogart.
Elizabeth Taylor dressed to the nines in a strapless gown with a beaded bustier for the premiere of director Vincente Minnelli's Lust for Life. Here, she dances with Mike Todd, who soon after become Taylor's third husband.
At a Los Angeles party hosted by Paramount in Sophia Loren's honor, Jayne Mansfield mingles with the guest of honor.
Marilyn Monroe and her third husband, Arthur Miller, were spotted at the infamous April in Paris Ball in New York City. The event was a sophisticated social calendar staple, held at the Waldorf Astoria, and was attended by socialites such as Lee Radziwill.
Diana Sands celebrates the Broadway play, A Raisin in the Sun, at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City. Sands became well-known for her role in the show, costarring with Oscar-winner Sidney Poitier.
Shelley Winters clearly had fun at the Academy Awards after party in 1962. The actress let loose in her black bateau neck gown and bare feet, as she danced alongside the party's singer, Bernie Richards.
Marilyn Monroe wears a fitted sequin gown as she speaks with the President and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, at a New York party in 1962. The fête was an after-party for a political fundraiser held at Madison Square Garden in honor of JFK's birthday, where Monroe famously sang "Happy Birthday" to the POTUS.
Dressed in a brocade sleeveless gown with her hair pulled into an elaborate chignon, Audrey Hepburn arrived at the premiere of My Fair Lady in 1964, alongside her costar, Rex Harrison. The film was one of the actress's most popular movies of all time.
Jackie Kennedy's little sister, Lee Radziwill, who was married to Prince Stanislaw Radziwill at the time, dances with Truman Capote at his Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in 1966.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was also in attendance at the Black and White Ball, which she attended with her husband of 13 years, Sargent Shriver. The party was one of New York's biggest social events, with Capote setting out to create "the party of the century."
Mia Farrow stuns partygoers by playing the violin at the bar of the Sands hotel in Las Vegas. Her husband, Frank Sinatra, looks on. The couple was attending festivities held for actress Rosalind Russell.
Jack Nicholson pals around with fellow Academy Award nominee, Dennis Hopper, as the two attend the 1970 Oscar Ball, an after-party for the Academy Awards. The actors were both nominated for their film, Easy Rider, which served as Nicholson's breakout role.
At a much tamer Academy Awards after-party, actress Ali MacGraw and her film producer husband, Robert Evans, find a quiet moment to themselves. The party was a year before the actress's nomination for Love Story.
Model Margaux Hemingway arrives at the New York City home of fashion designer Halston, escorted by her husband Errol Wetson. The couple was attending a party held in honor of Andy Warhol.
Barbra Streisand and her costar, Kris Kristofferson, arrive at the premiere party for their film A Star is Born in matching tuxedos. The duo were joined by the film's producer Jon Peters at New York's Tavern on the Green.
Andy Warhol attends the premiere for A Star is Born in 1976. The famed artist and photographer brought his camera along for the fashionable event.
Liza Minnelli greets television host Dick Cavett with a kiss on the cheek at the opening night party for The Act. The Broadway musical would go on to become a hit, cementing Minnelli's talents as a singer, dancer, and actress.
Tina Turner sits next to fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo at New York's famous Studio 54 nightclub in 1977. The Queen of Rock and Roll was dressed in typical '70s style, wearing a loose strapless dress and statement necklace.
Diana Ross rings in 1979 at a New Year's Eve party at Studio 54. The singer was joined by her friend, and the owner of the nightclub, Steve Rubell.
Cher is joined by fashion designer, Halston, at an after-party for the launch of Yves Saint Laurent's Opium perfume collection. The event was considered one of the most extravagant and iconic parties of the decade, and was highly controversial as the brand was accused of glamorizing opioid addiction.
Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs arrives in a stylish sheer black dress and violet fur coat at Olympic Towers in New York City. The model was attending a party at the residence of fashion designer Halston, who was known for his epic soirées.
Blondie singer Debbie Harry wears a sleeveless dress along with her signature messy hair, as she attends the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in 1979. The evening centered around that year's exhibit, "Fashions of The Hapsburg Era."
Andy Warhol looked sharp in a tuxedo as he arrived at a party for Diana Vreeland's book, Allure, in 1980. The renowned photography book features images from the work of Cecil Beaton and was re-printed in 2010.
Jackie Kennedy arrives at Diana Vreeland's book party, wearing an elegant black fur-trimmed overcoat and escorted by Charles Ryskamp. The former First Lady served as an editor on the photography book.
Bianca Jagger celebrates her 35th birthday at the New York nightclub, Bond's. Here, the model feeds cake to her dear friend, Halston, as she celebrates the milestone. One person notably absent is her ex-husband, Mick Jagger, who she divorced in 1978.
Paloma Picasso wears an elaborate design to the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala, which she arrives at with fellow fashion designer, Carolina Herrera. The Spanish-French designer is the daughter of renowned painter, Pablo Picasso.
The Rolling Stones hit up one of New York's hottest new nightclubs, Danceteria, in 1980. The hot spot was one of many emerging venues that took over New York nightlife after Studio 54 shuttered its doors in 1980.